East Otto Country Associates, a talented group of rural artists in northern
Cattaraugus County, will once again bring handmade treasures to the people of Western
NY on November 4th and 5th at their HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE! The association was formed
in 1986 in a collaborative effort to share advertising costs and make the public
aware of their unique products. By joining together to create a brochure and attractive
roadside signage, the original six member businesses began something that has brought
thousands of customers to the Otto-East Otto area for over three decades.
East Otto Country presently consists of two member business: Brookside Studio Watercolors,
and Hog Shed Studio Pottery.
Artist Robin Zefers Clark is the owner of Brookside Studio Watercolors located on
County Rd. #13 in Otto, NY. Drawing on her love of old photographs and storytelling,
Robin creates original watercolor paintings which relate an ongoing pictorial record
of life in rural Western NY. Robin displays her paintings in her Amish built studio
gallery along with a great selection of limited edition prints and note cards. Robin
has recently begun to work with oil paints as well, adding a new dimension to her
For her studio hours and information of commissioned artwork, you can contact Robin
Located just down the road is Hog Shed Studio Pottery, one of the founding member
businesses of East Otto Country. Here in their studio behind the barn, Michael and
Elliott Hutten have been producing a wide variety of original functional stoneware
pottery for thirty-five years. Using a potter’s wheel and simple tools, potter Elliott
creates mugs, bowls, casseroles, vases and many other useful items in clay. Michael
loads and fires the couple’s propane gas kiln, bringing the beautiful earthy glazes
to life in their work.
For this year’s Holiday Open House, Elliott is featuring her popular whimsical bird
vases and traditional dated holiday ornaments.
Hog Shed Studio is open until Christmas. For daily studio hours, call 716-257-9549,